Thursday, October 8, 2015

Introducing Kate!

As per my previous blog post where I promised to introduce our wonderful team to you and it seems only fitting that we start with Kate.

We begin our series with Kate for a couple of reasons:

1.  I've known her since she was a teenager
2.  She's been part of our team since 2010

When I asked the team to write a short paragraph bio and get it to me, Kate took those instructions literally.  Here's how she describes herself:

Born in Wisconsin. Raised in Texas. 
Sassy. Fun. Loud. I enjoy repurposing old furniture and painting it fun bright colors. 

LOVES in no particular order Dogs. Summer weekends on Bone Lake. S'Mores.  Grey football t-shirts. Naps in hammocks. Coffee. 80s music. Books. Travel. And FOOTBALL FOOTBALL FOOTBALL!! 

Kate in 2010 when she agreed to work Sundays for us
Where Kate hangs out on Bone Lake - her Dad's Cabin  

Kate along side her brothers and Dad the day they were putting in the dock   


At our store in Canton, TX: Kate and Jason Witten, Dallas Cowboy #82   

That's Kate! 

Kate is at her best when you need her the most.  She loves to swoop in and organize anything from shelves in the stock room to the work space around the counter to our offices and filing systems.  She's my right hand girl when it comes to Canton.  You might find her standing behind the counter ringing up sales, sitting on the floor organizing displays or high on a ladder taking down signs or hanging a light fixture made from chicken feeders.  

She's one in a million and we're happy she's on our side.


Saturday, September 26, 2015

Seemed like a good idea at the time

So....I read somewhere that a great blog topic was introducing your team to your customers and followers.   And since we have the most diverse, talented, fun and interesting team that I love talking about, why not talk about them here?  So here we go, let's make this happen.

Step One:  Send a note to each team member and ask them to write a short paragraph about themselves and send it back to me.

Step Two:  Send a note to each team member and remind them of Step One.

Step Three:  Wait.

Step Four:  Determine the order of the posts should I ever get all the bios.  (thinking positive)

Step Five:  Write my own.

Mine is actually easy.  It's a story about the love of my life, my husband the Original Lake Boy, Ray Batten.  Ray grew up in Spokane, Washington in the 1960's.  His dad was in construction and every summer as soon as school was out they would pack up and head to the lake for the summer.  Their destination was Canoe Point on Priest Lake, Idaho.  Their family friends would do the same and they would set up camp Memorial Day - Labor Day.

The Dad's would commute during the week to work in Spokane and the Mom's and kids would stay at the lake to enjoy a summer without care or worry.  These summers and Ray's time at the lake made an impression on his heart that would last forever.  The lake really was his first true love.

1962 Canoe Point  - Ray on the far right next to his Mom in her flashy sunglasses

Ray on the left (12 years old) with little brother Billy and his Father 

This photo is dated 1960 so Ray would have been 10 years old and I love
this so much because he's holding a camera.  His second love, photography.

As you can see, his camera is never out of reach even today.

Ray and I  married in 1994 and he introduced me to lake life.  (I am a cowgirl from Montana and hadn't the foggiest idea of what he was talking about  - this dream of living at the lake.)  In turn, I introduced him to Dallas, Texas and all the humidity and heat that comes with it.  We moved to Dallas in 2003 so I could advance my career in Advertising Sales Management and low and behold, we soon realize there are about 1000 lakes in the State of Texas!  And not a lot of retail that cater to these passionate consumers; and THAT is when we started dreaming about a new business venture that would marry Ray's love for lake life and my entrepreneurial spirit.  Lakehouse Outfitters has been my full time job since I retired from my professional career in 2009.  And in 2012 we moved to the lake - FULL TIME!

We live and operate Lakehouse Outfitters from the shores of Cedar Creek Lake, Texas just 90 minutes south of Dallas and 90 minutes east of Waco.  Our daughter Jodi and her girls, Madison and Kennedy are in far north Dallas and to say we love being GP and Kiki to these two would be an understatement.  We love them to pieces and love how much they love their time at the lake.  Our niece Dylan is attending Baylor University/Waco as a sophomore (see previous blog for more on that)  and a weekend at the lake is a place that feels like home when going home to California just isn't practical.

"Grandchildren are your reward for not killing your own kids"

I look forward to introducing you to our crew, our girls, our team.  Each of them holds a special place in our hearts and plays an important role in the success of Lakehouse Outfitters.  We have a unique chemistry that you won't easily find elsewhere.  I'm so thankful for each and every one of them.



Saturday, September 19, 2015

Memories Are Made At The Lake

One of the things we love most about lake life is sharing it with friends and family.  It sounds cliche' but it's true - Memories are made at the lake!  How else could you explain four girls (all entering their sophomore year at Baylor University) willingly spending one of the first weekends back on campus with the old folk?

Don't get me wrong, we're fun and most people love our company.  And by most I'm speaking of adults between the ages of 40-65.  NOT 18-19 and almost 20.

Our niece Dylan, conned her roomies into a weekend at Auntie Cindy and Uncle Ray's lake house on Cedar Creek Lake recently and we had a blast.  It was the first time we'd met Dylan's roomies...and well . . .it was interesting.

They were all very nice and polite for the most part - but we were surprised by one of our little house guests who we had been "sold" as a lake girl from way back.  Her family has a lake house outside of Chicago that's been in the family since the 1960's.  With this information came some assumptions on our part.  And you know what they say about assuming.  Makes an A_ _  out of you and me.

This lakegirl:
- afraid of bugs
- afraid of geckos
- complained that the boat ride was too rough
- acted nervous about tubing
- whined that the wet life jacket was too cold
(you get the idea)

Meet Dylan's lakegirl roomie Miss Callie - as you can see, she makes herself right at home.

Her name is Callie - don't make the mistake of calling her KELLY.
Callie likes to say she's from Chicago - but she's really from Algonquin (although she has a tough time pronouncing her own home town)

She's very tall and blonde.  Apparently - the blond part is important because she will only date blonde boys.  She went on and on about a boy named Ben.  We only hope he is as fond of Callie as she is of him.

She's a little sarcastic, pretty competitive and doesn't like to lose.  This became evident as her team lost at several games of water volleyball during her visit.

When she loses, she takes it out on others.
 And it would appear she's not outgrown the toddler habit of pulling hair when she's frustrated.  
In case you are wondering, is Dylan laughing or crying?  She was crying.
Mishalya is smiling because it's not her hair that's being pulled and Ashton is smiling because they get to leave tomorrow.  

Which brings me back to my opening paragraph.  
Memories Are Made At The Lake
some you never forget

Authors Note:  Callie loves to hack into her roommates phones and laptops and send emails and texts.  She's quite the prankster.  So....we thought it would be fun to prank Callie and create a mock blog.  
Which we did - only to find out she loved it and wanted to show her family - so now it's LIVE with Callie's permission.  This is a great group of young ladies who love Jesus and each other.  We were honored and blessed to have them as our guests.  Can't wait for round two!

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Janeen's On LakeTime Adventures - A real life lake girl.

This week Janeen has been flooding my email inbox with photos from the past couple of weeks.  Serving as Lakehouse Outfitters Lake Life Apparel Cover Girl is a job she does so graciously and is a beautiful representation of our lake loving customers. 

Janeen is a real life lake girl.  She lives full time on a lake in Michigan and lives our brand to the fullest.  Here's some of our favorites from Janeen's recent photo shoots.


Love The Lake Tee - which she does!!

Recreational Waters V Neck

Love The Lake Classic White Tee on the Banana Boat!

Commanders Anchor Tank - Lovin' Lake Life

MyLake Shirt in Orange Peel - Janeen's Fav Color this season!

The Neon Coral Beach Tank makes a great cover up

Janeen never sits still - ran her first 5K this summer with friend Elen

Anniversary Trip to the shores of Lake Michigan

Go Jump Raglan Burnout Tank perfect for the pontoon cruise

This Girl Loves Her Lake Terry Pullover and Janeen on her home dock

Janeen and Bo on their dock (love the minnow bucket light holders)

Janeen and Ellen - trouble??

Looks like a sunset cruise

We want this B-A-D

Janeen with her new SUP - Happy Birthday to Janeen!!
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Thursday, July 2, 2015

Janeen's On Lake Time Adventures - Season 2 Episode 1

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Janeen's On Lake Time Adventures

Season 2 - Episode 1

After what seemed to us as a long winter with an abundance of storms, white outs and slippery roads we're finally welcoming summer.  And as you'll see this season, Janeen has plenty of activities planned to share.
Wasting no time once school was out (Janeen teaches) Janeen's On Lake Time adventure took her to the Taverse City State Park Beach on two wheels!  She shared her adventure with her nature buddy and fellow Lakegirl, Ellen.

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They rode their bikes along the TART trails (Traverse Area Recreational Trail) a 10.5 mile paved trail that connects to resorts, shops, and recreation areas including Clinch Park at the foot of the Grand Traverse Bay.  Traverse City State Park located at the foot of the beautiful Little Traverse Bay.
For the biking and hiking enthusiasts, Janeen also notes other near by and connecting trails include, Boardman Lake Trail, Three Mile Trail and the Leelanau Trail.

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Janeen and Ellen ended their 10 mile bike trip with a picnic lunch at the Traverse City State Park Beach. The beach is just one of the beautiful beaches along the Little Traverse Bay. The bay is a small bay 170 feet deep, off Lake Michigan.

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The cities of  Traverse City, Harbor Springs and Petoskey are well known cities on this bay! It is bordered on the west side by the Old Mission Peninsula where many of the famous Northern Michigan Wines are made.  Traverse City is known most for its  Cherries. It is also an exploding "foodie" destination with excellent "farm-to-table" cuisine! Chef Mario Batali spends his summers in Traverse City.

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Janeen packed a yummy  lunch which included, fresh picked Michigan strawberries from a local farm, a fabulous Asiago Bread baked fresh at the Traverse City Bay Bread Company. And a deelish fresh salad of avacados, sweet corn and white beans, fresh squeezed lime and a little pepper!! Dark chocolates for dessert!!  A glass of wonderful Traverse City wine would have been nice, but they were pedaling bikes!!

 Special thanks to Janeen and Ellen for sharing their awesome bike ride with us!  If you like the On Lake Time Stars, Stripes and Anchor tank Janeen is sporting you can find it HERE along with a new collection of summer apparel designed and worn by women who live at the lake.

Until Next Time. . .

Monday, April 13, 2015

Lake Decor Downloads - Free Decor for The Lake House

Whimsey - Simple - Cute and Clever

Those four words sum up our thoughts on decorating the lake house, especially when it's primarily used as a weekend get-away or second home.

Working hard not to take ourselves to serious with our lake decor concepts as we want the end result as casual and inviting as the cool water on a hot summer day.  After all, if all goes as planned the lake house will be filled with sandy feet, dripping swimsuits, smelly fish and sticky fingers covered in melted chocolate and marshmallows more times than not.

It was with this scenario in mind that we created our Free Monthly Downloads.  Original Art created just for you as our way of saying Thank you for supporting Lakehouse Outfitters in all the ways that you do so well.  Be it chatting with us on Facebook or pinning with us Pinterest or listening to one of our new Playlists on Spotify.   Or possibly you're shopping with us in Canton during First Monday Trade Days, in Log Cabin at The Boatique or ONLINE regardless of how we know you, we appreciate you more than you can imagine.  Small businesses operating in a tough economy do not survive unless their customers want them to.  We work hard to keep your vote to keep us in business and I hope it shows.

As you might expect, we sell a lot of lake house decor  and loved the idea of our customers being able to select a design (or several) download them on their computer and print them at home or at a print shop without spending a dime.

Each month we release a new design and promote it on our social media sites and our email lists.
Currently, we have five designs released and available for download each very different from the other.

We're especially fond of our April Download - Bobber Art

Ready to download, print and frame.

Check out all designs on our HERE

And thank you again, for loving the lake and supporting Lakehouse Outfitters.

Have a great week,


Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Pimento Cheese Recipe - Lazy@The Lake Kitchen

Don't Judge.

I judged and I was taken to task by my friend on Instagram.  I'm so happy she saw my post and shared her love with me.  And now, I'd like to do the same for you.

Here's the story.
(And the recipe)

July 26, 2014 
I was shopping at our local grocery store.  
The same grocery store where this photo was taken. :-)

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While waiting to check out I happen to glance in the cold case just to the left of my shopping cart to see the grab n'go selection of sandwiches being offered this day.

Ewwwwww!  Pimento Cheese!  

Without thinking, I snapped a photo and posted my sarcastic comments on my personal Instagram.  "Things I don't want to eat for $500"

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Almost immediately, my friend Amy commented that she wasn't a fan of store bought
pimento cheese, but she loved the one her grandmother made and offered the recipe.

Two things about this recipe sold me.  

1.  It has horseradish as an ingredient

2.  It's a family recipe with lots of history and love - always key when it comes to recipes and foods that are yummy.

My friend Amy sitting on her grandmother Ginga's kitchen table

I ran out (back to the same grocery store) and bought her suggested ingredients:

  • Dukes Mayo - had not used this before, may never buy another brand of mayo
  • Prepared Horseradish
  • Jar of Pimentos - drained
  • Extra Sharp Cheddar Cheese - I love this recipe with Tillamook Cheese if it's available in your area

Then I made it!
Combine shredded cheese, 2T of Dukes Mayo, 1-2T of horseradish and 1/2 jar of pimentos drained in a food processor.  Blend until smooth.  Adjust mayo and horseradish to taste.

Store in refer for up to 7 days.  Don't feel compelled to eat it all at one setting, it actually gets better with each day that passes!
YUM!  I love it on King's Hawaiian Rolls for a savory sweet taste or on crackers, Whole Foods Everything Crackers or the basic Ritz.  It's delish and addictive!  
As I posted a few months later - I cannot believe I actually crave this now.  
I hope you give it a try!

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Pimento Cheese on Kings Hawaiian Rolls

Amy's Story:

Ginga wasn't known as a great cook, but she was a star at making finger (party) foods. She had a few dishes she would make for most parties, and her pimento cheese always at the top of the list. We loved her pimento cheese so much, she would always have it in the refrigerator. We would travel to the Portsmouth commisary, and she would buy a giant blocks of sharp cheddar cheese. It always made me giddy. She was born in South Carolina in 1918, and was quite the southern lady. Every southerner knows,  you have have to have pimento cheese. 

I was fortunate to live just a few miles from my maternal grandparents, Ginga Laura Etta and Pop Pete, in Suffok, Virginia. It was June 1971, and I was the first born grandchild. From the time I was born, Pop Pete would pick me up on Friday afternoon, and I would spend my weekends with my grandparents. This was an every weekend occurance, until I went to college. I loved it, and them so much. Pop Pete loved gardening and woodworking, and Ginga would spend her time "puttering" (as she would say) around the house. Ginga was very active in the community, and church. In that, they entertained quite a bit. 

Over the years we would snack on pimento cheese sandwiches, pimento cheese crackers, pimento cheese on celery, pimento cheese everything. I watched Ginga make so much of the stuff, that I couldn't help but know how to make it. After Ginga passed away in 2007, I learned that I was the only one who knew how to make her pimento cheese. She never wrote down her recipe, and I don't know who taught her how to make it, but I am really glad I spent all of those weekends with Pop Pete and Ginga, and I am so grateful that I paid attention. I always have her pimento cheese ingredients on hand, and I make it all of the time. Whenever I get together with my cousins, her pimento cheese is almost always requested. What a simple, delicious thing, that brings back fun memories of our time with  Ginga and Pop Pete.

If you don't like pimento cheese, I challenge you to try Ginga's. You will be converted.

In Loving Memory of Ginga Laura Etta

Amy Magee - Thank you for sharing.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Janeen's On Lake Time Adventures - Sleeping Bear Dunes

A loooonnnngggg over due post on Janeen's Adventures to Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

On November 3rd, Janeen had the day off from teaching and decided it was a perfect day for a fall road trip to see the beautiful fall landscape and visit the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

I honestly don't know how it's now February 23rd and I'm just now sharing these lovely photos with you.  My regrets!

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Sleeping Bear Dunes National Park in Michigan

For more information about this National Park CLICK HERE

FUN FACT:  Sleeping Bear Dunes was recognized as The Most Beautiful Place in America
by ABC's Good Morning America 

November 3rd, 2014 Janeen writes: 

I had the day off today so we decided to take a road trip.  We enjoyed a day at the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.  The Fall color is just about gone here in the Mitten. But it's beautiful here anytime of the year!
The views from atop of the Sleeping Bear Dunes are amazing! Beautiful Caribbean blue water. We visited two very popular spots in the park. Pyramid Point was our first stop. The short hike through the woods and up the Dune was worth the views that greeted us!

February Update:  This month Janeen is bundled up for the dead of winter that has invaded the Mitten.  She's an avid outdoors woman and appears to find enjoyment regardless of the elements Mother Nature throws her way.

Shown in the photo below she's enjoying the 5K Winter Snowstorm Snowshoe event held earlier this month.

SHOP HERE  for the tees Janeen wore during her visit to Sleeping Bear Dunes 

and save 10% when you use coupon code:  Janeen